One of Canada’s fastest women is hoping for a repeat performance at the 17th annual Aileen Meagher International Track Classic next month.

Olympian Adrienne Power of East Jeddore came in first in the 200-metre dash with a decisive 0.65-second margin between her and her closest competitor at last year’s event. She also took top honours in the 100-metre race.

The competition, to be held Aug. 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Huskies Stadium, will feature runners from across Canada and the world. Power is seeded in the top three in both the 100- and 200-metre events.

Voted Sport Nova Scotia’s individual female athlete of 2010, Power is training in Texas. The 2008 Olympian said it may be a year or two before she reaps the benefits of a more strenuous intensity-oriented training regimen, but she still hopes to perform well in this year’s event.

“(The training) gives me a different perspective on the Aileen Meagher,” she said.

Power said she always enjoys performing for a hometown crowd.

“I’m so lucky to have the Aileen Meagher … to bring in competitions that I compete in front of my family and friends,” she said.

Organizers expect nine other Olympians to join Power, as well as 16 Athletics Canada-supported athletes, promising to make this year’s races some of the most competitive in the event’s history.